Ford Parish Council met on the 10th September when it welcomed Jemma Reay from the County Council, who had been invited to answer questions on Heatherslaw car park.
Councillors and residents had raised concerns as to why the work had taken so long, appeared over engineered and was unusable when it opened due to loose gravel. Jemma explained that the delays were due to planning regulations which had to be gone through repeatedly when problems were encountered during construction, and also the increased amount of bureaucracy in recent years. the degree of engineering was consistent for a site which is subject to flooding. The total cost of the project, including the bridge decking, was £117K. Concern was raised about the state of the paintwork on the bridge which is rusting with sharp edges exposed, and a cosmetic repaint was promised although it may be some time before it is done.
The council was disappointed to learn that the resurfacing of the Crookham footpath, which had been promised to be done in September 2012, had been the victim of the cuts to the Highways budget and was therefore added to the Local Transport Plan, as was the resurfacing of the layby between Ford Bridge and the A697. The priority of the LTP remains the reinstatement of the footbridge at Etal.
At long last the obstructed drains by Ford School have been cleared.
Following a visit to the area by a Public Protection Officer as requested by theParish Council, more notices have been put up to try to discourage dog fouling. However, it still seems to be a problem on some of the paths inFordVillage.
The next meeting of Ford Parish Council will be held on 16th September in Crookham Village Hall at 7pm.
Ford Parish Council AGM, 12th May, Lady Waterford Hall, 7pm
Next meeting 11th November Lady Waterford Hall 7pm
Some of the items on the agenda
Mike Jeffrey – Green Spaces and Countryside Manager, NCC. To discuss future funding of Ford Play Area.
Andrew Douglas, Timber transport liaison officer, NCC. To discuss local agreed routes for timber
Budget and Precept
Report on JointMeetingCounty and Town and Parish Council.
Joint Neighbourhood plan for Glendale – Cllr. Keating to report.
Wind Farm Working Group – Cllr. Keating to report and to discuss appointment of Ford PC representative on the funding panel.